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Bubble Reviews

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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 27, 2006
Bubble is best considered as a failed-but-occasionally-nifty experiment.
| Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 14, 2006
The local atmosphere, filmed on the Ohio-West Virginia border, is rigorously authentic and so is the cast, none of whose members have acted before.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
I was blown away.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 16, 2006
There's an honesty in what Soderbergh's camera has captured that, while not real in the strictest sense of the term, is nevertheless true-to-life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 10, 2006
It's not really interesting enough to warrant a regular run. But it's worth a one-shot 73-minute outing on the program of your local festival.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 8, 2006
These conversations are about as deadly dull as any dialogue I've ever heard even in the earliest talkies.
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David Denby
New Yorker
February 7, 2006
Soderbergh's use of the new technology makes this situation work.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 4, 2006
Soderbergh holds up a mirror to these lives of quiet desperation and shows us how unquiet they can be.
| Original Score: B-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 28, 2006
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January 27, 2006
As the plot unfolded along the lines of a conventional melodrama, I couldn't help thinking: In addition to health care and a living wage, don't the working poor deserve makeup, wardrobe, decent lighting, and some heart-skipping drama?
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 27, 2006
The result is haunting and often creepy in its realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
January 27, 2006
Proves that in the hands of a director with an artist's eye for telling details, a wholly original story revealing the complexity and, yes, bizarreness of human nature trumps star power every time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 27, 2006
The plot isn't really more than a situation, with a few vaguely condescended-to characters who shuffle about wide-eyed and open-mouthed.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 27, 2006
A deadpan commentary on the emptiness of middle-American life, and Soderbergh manages to pull this off without condescending to the characters.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 27, 2006
Generates a surreal, somewhat unnerving power -- a dread that there is something lurking beneath the story's ordinary surface.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 27, 2006
A simple yet oddly profound tale of banal blue-collar lives shattered by an impulsive crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 27, 2006
Soderbergh uses the mechanics of the grimy doll factory ... as metaphor, carefully tracking the shiny distractions we hide behind, revealing the awful little facts about their glued-on eyelashes and the identically blank faces they all start out with.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 27, 2006
It's an exceedingly simple drama that -- if you give yourself over to it -- can have a hypnotic effect.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
January 27, 2006
Tests the idea that the mundane becomes ominous if studied in enough detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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January 27, 2006
At times it's so mind-numbingly dull, it becomes funny. But it's not a feature film. I'm not really sure what it is.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 27, 2006
Soderbergh has made an experiment worth seeing, but how much do you want to bet his actors have richer lives than the characters they're playing, even if those lives look just as ordinary?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 26, 2006
A haunting film, made all the more intriguing by the use of ordinary people, not actors, in all the roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 26, 2006
Soderbergh and screenwriter Coleman Hough aren't interested in creating a coy whodunit so much as evoking the deeper, less romantic mysteries of people -- and it's riveting.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 26, 2006
Steven Soderbergh's latest and willfully perverse excursion into experimentation.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2006
Despite its refreshingly straightforward style and compelling performers, the movie feels encased in an invisible, filmy membrane of its own. Soderbergh keeps his characters on one side of the wall and his audience on the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 26, 2006
An impressively creepy little film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 26, 2006
Soderbergh set out to make a movie about shallow people, but wound up delivering a shallow movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 26, 2006
An odd little movie and a good one, worthy for what it is and potentially groundbreaking for how it's being made available.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 26, 2006
The characters are so closely observed and played with such exacting accuracy and conviction that Bubble becomes quietly, inexorably, hypnotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 26, 2006
Ultimately, it's Bubble's flatness that lingers and leaves your sympathies frozen.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 26, 2006
While Bubble may be read as an admirable attempt to wrestle reality television away from the hacks, the story is so flat and transparent in the telling, so empty of psychological mystery and depth, it skates dangerously close to condescension.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 26, 2006
It's a great film.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 25, 2006
... a devious and fascinating feature ...
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 25, 2006
Thrifty but also skimpy at 73 minutes, Soderbergh's movie ambitiously focuses on movie-rare Americans ... but never wonders what makes them tick.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 25, 2006
... a potent and provocative look at life unhinged.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 25, 2006
This is a fascinating drama for Right Now.
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Deborah Young
Variety
September 12, 2005
The dialogue has a pleasing low-key realism that complements Soderbergh's understated direction, though one can sense a firm hand always guiding the straightforward story.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2005
An embarrassment to all concerned, the film was written, directed and produced by Soderbergh for reasons that are not readily apparent.